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EA clamps down on Sporn

EA clamps down on Sporn

EA do not approve of such "juvenile" creations

When you give gamers the opportunity to create creatures of any shape and size, it was only inevitable that the juvenile teenager inside us all would rear his spotty head and start drawing knobs.

When the Spore Creature Creator first hit over a month ago, YouTube was soon flooded with penis, testicle and boob monsters and for a time it was funny, but then we all got bored of the joke and moved on to the next internet comedy masterpiece.

However, it now seems as though Spore publisher EA has finally decided to act against the (sadly still) growing army of phallic monstrosities, and are working with YouTube to begin removing the offensive beasties from the net.

"User-created content gives players total control over their game experience and empowers them to express their creativity in ways that they never thought possible," said Lucy Bradshaw, Spore's executive producer."[but] whether it's modelling clay, dolls or crayons, a small number of people can be counted on to use it for something vulgar."

Under the new system, players' YouTube and ingame Spore accounts will first be warned, then suspended and then finally removed if players continue to post offensive material to the video sharing website, and in anticipation for the galaxy full of "inappropriate" creations, EA have implemented the ability in Spore for you to chose what other creatures inhabit your in game universe, rather than sharing the universe with everyone elses creations, which was one of the great ideals behind the game in the first place.

Are EA right to censor users' Spore creations? Will a universe of penis monsters spoil the game? Can gamers be trusted with such a high degree of creative freedom? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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Joeymac 1st August 2008, 13:47 Quote
If it was exclusively adults playing it then they should leave it alone... but it's clearly for kids as well. They have to keep it clean. Though, as Superbad teaches us, the worst culprits of the knob and boob monsters are going to be the 10 years olds.. and maybe me, but I swear it was only once and it was really funny..
M4RTIN 1st August 2008, 13:47 Quote
haha, surely they expected this. give people the chance to be creative and you just end up with a load of penises (penii?) and breasts. also its probably mostly kids doing it anyway
Stuey 1st August 2008, 13:52 Quote
Seriously though, this was a natural progression. But really, doesn't EA have more important things to worry about, like finally releasing the game after all these years...

Then again, they're probably just trying to protect themselves from lawsuits the likes of which Rockstar is probably still recovering from.
Baz 1st August 2008, 14:12 Quote
Also - i recommend NEVER Google image searching for "cock monster" - it will not end well - my eeeyyyyeeess
Timmy_the_tortoise 1st August 2008, 14:15 Quote
EA.. I love you.
iwog 1st August 2008, 14:15 Quote
Its their transmission system they have every right to monitor and set the terms of what you can and cant do. So long as there is no invasion of privacy they can block and ban sporn to their hearts content. If people still wish to send Sporn to each other they can, via email and msn, they just cant use the Sporepedia to do so. I fully support EA and Maxis in this decision as it allows them to get a lower ESRB rating.
chrisb2e9 1st August 2008, 14:17 Quote
I have no problem playing the game and seeing what other people have come up with. But I can see how a parent may not want their little girl's game to be attacked by giant balls.
Kind of figured that something like this would happen. either this or ship the game with premade creatures and block the ability to download user made content.
Timmy_the_tortoise 1st August 2008, 14:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
I have no problem playing the game and seeing what other people have come up with. But I can see how a parent may not want their little girl's game to be attacked by giant balls.
Kind of figured that something like this would happen. either this or ship the game with premade creatures and block the ability to download user made content.

Absolute worst case scenario.. For players and EA's profit margins.
Yemerich 1st August 2008, 14:38 Quote
You will see how popular these "monters" from spore are when you realize how FAST this thread will grow! :D
drakanious 1st August 2008, 14:59 Quote
As awesome as giant cock monsters are, there's an art to making a creature look like 2 creatures (basically give it two sets of everything) graphically mating (I use the spine to represent insertion). I made a horribly realistic one and colored it flesh tone. My friends were never the same. (The key is to put the legs close together to form a realistic ass.)
DarkLord7854 1st August 2008, 15:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by drakanious
As awesome as giant cock monsters are, there's an art to making a creature look like 2 creatures (basically give it two sets of everything) graphically mating (I use the spine to represent insertion). I made a horribly realistic one and colored it flesh tone. My friends were never the same. (The key is to put the legs close together to form a realistic ass.)
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Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
I have no problem playing the game and seeing what other people have come up with. But I can see how a parent may not want their little girl's game to be attacked by giant balls.
Kind of figured that something like this would happen. either this or ship the game with premade creatures and block the ability to download user made content.

I would rather not have to deal with immature kid's creatures populating my game. Sure, it'd be funny to see one or two, but after a while it'd just get really lame and tireing of seeing the same penis/boob/sex creature ideas over, and over, and over. The worst part would be that there's probably going to be a LOT of them being created (there's already a lot, so imagine when more people get the full fledged game).

I think eventually it would ruin the game for me.

It's really sad to see what kind of immature and pathetic world we live in. Specially considering the majority of those creatures will be created by males.
chrisb2e9 1st August 2008, 15:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise


Absolute worst case scenario.. For players and EA's profit margins.

I didn't mean for everyone. Just ship it with parental controls so that they can set the game to use premade creatures and not the user made ones. but for people like me I can still choose to download user made content if i want to. that way everyone is happy.
and the user made content has nothing to do with ea's profit margins. If parents see that a game is child friendly I would hope that they are more likely to buy it. Thus increasing game sales.
Tulatin 1st August 2008, 15:36 Quote
They could do something similar to Second Life where there are mature and PG rated zones. Just apply it to planets, and force users to check a box, then click an agreement about the mature planets.

But wait, it's EA games. Who ever expected fairness, or quality out of them?
jweller 1st August 2008, 18:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
Also - i recommend NEVER Google image searching for "cock monster" - it will not end well - my eeeyyyyeeess

nt
Timmy_the_tortoise 1st August 2008, 18:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise


Absolute worst case scenario.. For players and EA's profit margins.

I didn't mean for everyone. Just ship it with parental controls so that they can set the game to use premade creatures and not the user made ones. but for people like me I can still choose to download user made content if i want to. that way everyone is happy.
and the user made content has nothing to do with ea's profit margins. If parents see that a game is child friendly I would hope that they are more likely to buy it. Thus increasing game sales.

No.. I meant that if they took away the user created content, plenty of people might not buy the game... I probably would become far less interested.
Phil Rhodes 2nd August 2008, 18:27 Quote
"By buying this package of plasticene you hereby agree not to build phallic representations, other companies' intellectual properties or trade or service marks, things the CEO doesn't like, or anything that would be offensive to a Nixon republican."
Major 2nd August 2008, 18:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
Also - i recommend NEVER Google image searching for "cock monster" - it will not end well - my eeeyyyyeeess

http://www.made-in-england.org/images/cock-monster1.jpg

Made in England too, rofl.
Jasio 2nd August 2008, 23:31 Quote
That's just silly... an universe full of penis monsters? How on Earth will they ever reproduce? *roll eyes*
impar 2nd August 2008, 23:39 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Jasio
That's just silly... an universe full of penis monsters? How on Earth will they ever reproduce? *roll eyes*
EAs first expansion for Spore is rumoured to be Invanding Vaginas from a Parallel Universe.
ElThomsono 3rd August 2008, 00:18 Quote
Rule 34, it's inevitable.
Sark.inc 3rd August 2008, 04:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
Also - i recommend NEVER Google image searching for "cock monster" - it will not end well - my eeeyyyyeeess

now i have too :<
Cthippo 3rd August 2008, 21:30 Quote
Sounds like someone has some insecurity issues
Amon 4th August 2008, 04:25 Quote
Choose was misspelled as chose.
Dr. Strangelove 4th August 2008, 09:55 Quote
Well I think they could quickly fix that the game so that "cock monsters" and their likes are do not survive long enough to be fun to play with.. something like them being to focused on reproducing to eat ;)
Xir 4th August 2008, 10:03 Quote
...isn't spore to be about evolving?

There are no "real" cock monsters, so the probably wouldn't do so well.
Can't run very fast with youl balls hanging to the earth, can't fight very well if your cock is so big you can't reach past it...for instance
ParaHelix.org 16th August 2008, 14:44 Quote
If there are any crackers out there www.D2K5.com is a good target, they are affiliated with 4CHAN and it's a compotition to disable their website.
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